Yetur Gross-Matos, considered by many to be the Nittany Lions’ best player headed into the 2019 football season, committed to Penn State as one of the earliest commits of the 2017 recruiting class (behind qb Sean Clifford) - and picking PSU over national title winners Clemson and the elite Hokies, to just name two.
Gross-Matos’ early commitment paid off later that year when his new team came out of nowhere to win the Big Ten and head to the Rose Bowl; he was the number five strong-side defensive end out of college, and he burst onto the scene his freshman year in Happy Valley, being an integral part of the two-deep for Sean Spencer’s wild dogs.
Despite those flashes of brilliance as a freshman, it wasn’t until his sophomore season that he became a self-admitted consistent force, and his presence was missed when Gross-Matos understandably rotated off the field. In 2018, he started every game of the season and was second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss on the season.
Headed into this season, Gross-Matos is practically the only sure lock on a defense full of talented position battles - and there’s a reason why he’s high on the draft board for next year’s NFL draft.
Until that happens, expect a lot more of this this season:
Only 99 days until the PSU football season starts!